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Every week, the Film Connection Film School receives dozens of honest reviews from our current film students and graduates. Regardless of location, one thing is consistent: our film students are getting what they paid for.

We understand that many of you want to be the next big film director or screenwriter. Make no mistake: that comes with time. The Film Connection is the perfect launching pad to help you realize your bigger dreams for filmmaking. You have to start somewhere. Why not start working where you live in a film company as a film apprentice (extern) today?

Our student success stories are indicative of the primary goal of the Film Connection Film Institute: the success of our students. Here’s to your success!

Matthew Gibson: Building a film career around a job

Matthew Gibson: Building a film career around a job

Matthew Gibson, Nashville, TN
As grueling as it can be to work an apprenticeship around a full-time job, Matthew wouldn’t have it any other way. He’s grateful that the Film Connection gives him the opportunity to learn, and grateful that Zac gives him the opportunity to build his resume. “The more you can do, the more you can sell yourself,” he says. “I’d like to learn as much of it as I can.” And for Matthew, the payoff of building a film career is worth the extra effort.
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For Film Connection grad Rocky Shore, connections mean everything.

For Film Connection grad Rocky Shore, connections mean everything.

Rocky Shore, Miami, FL
Film Connection graduate first got hold of this concept while on-set as an extra in Robert Redford’s film The Conspirator (Rocky says he got the opportunity because his mustache and beard fit the Civil War theme), and everyone on the set was talking about the importance of knowing people in film. So when Rocky decided to get serious about a filmmaking career, he decided on the Film Connection because of our name!
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Film Connection apprentice Ron Reid learns the shared expression of filmmaking

Film Connection apprentice Ron Reid learns the shared expression of filmmaking

Ron Reid, Atlanta, GA
When Ron enrolled in the Film Connection to learn filmmaking on-the-job, he says he was looking for a creative outlet to express himself. But when he began apprenticing with Film Connection mentor Steve Carmichael at the RiTE Media Group in Atlanta, GA, Ron says he experienced firsthand what the collaborative filmmaking process looks like—and he was blown away by what he saw. Perhaps the most notable example was…
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Film Connection Graduate Steve Pitts on the Grassroots Level of Atlanta’s Burgeoning Film Scene

Film Connection Graduate Steve Pitts on the Grassroots Level of Atlanta's Burgeoning Film Scene

Steve Pitts, Atlanta, GA
Not only is Steve Pitts’ story a perfect example of how learning on-the-job can connect you with the industry—it’s also a perfect example of how those connections can continue working for you long after graduate, and even end up helping others in the future! In Atlanta, a mentor and apprentice who share the same name now work together in training future filmmakers with the Film Connection.
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Film Connection grad Mark Doster wins an Accolade Award, pursues feature film!

Film Connection grad Mark Doster wins an Accolade Award, pursues feature film!

Mark Doster, Denver, CO
When Mark came across the Film Connection, he was already studying film in a film school in Denver, Colorado, but he felt he was missing something. “I don’t really do well in a giant class setting,” he told us. By contrast, the one-on-one training and practical instruction he received with his mentors, Johnny Fisher in Denver and Richard Brandes in Los Angeles, really helped give him perspective on the business of film.
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Film Connection apprentice Nelson Kelkar learns documentary filmmaking on location—IN THE PHILIPPINES!

Film Connection apprentice Nelson Kelkar learns documentary filmmaking on location—IN THE PHILIPPINES!

Nelson Kelkar, Los Angeles, CA
When you’re learning filmmaking on-the-job, you never know where it will take you. Nelson Kelkar recently learned this firsthand when he had the opportunity to go to the Philippines to shoot a documentary film with his mentors! Based in Los Angeles, husband-wife directing duo Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir (who call themselves the “Dream Team”) bring their apprentices aboard a wide range of projects, from local productions and music videos to location documentary shoots. Nelson signed on with the Film Connection just as the “Dream Team” were preparing to shoot overseas. Since that’s where the action was happening—Nelson went along!
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Gordon Maniskas Lands Film Industry Work in L.A!

Gordon Maniskas: Making that Break Happen in Film

Gordon Maniskas, Manchester, MA
Graduate Gordon Maniskas completed the Film Connection while living in Boston, Massachusetts and upon finishing the program and his spec screenplay, the aspiring filmmaker made the move to Los Angeles to pitch his film concept and jump into the film industry with both feet! Gordon’s screenwriting mentor, Peter Foldy, was impressed with Gordon’s script and his strong work ethic, so upon Gordon relocating to L.A., Foldy took Gordon to a couple of networking events and introduced him to a number of producers, screenwriters and directors.
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Youp Zondag: from Holland to LA and beyond!

Youp Zondag: from Holland to LA and beyond!

Youp Zondag, Austin, TX
Film Connection apprentice (extern) Youp Zondag first came in contact with the Film Connection in Austin, Texas, by way of Holland: his family moved to the U.S. so Youp could pursue his dreams of a film career. After starting classes at The Art Institute of Houston, Youp soon left disillusioned because of the cost and the overall lack of direction he felt. Read More

 
Aaron Patrick Lenyear’s Pitch to Hollywood is a Success!

Aaron Patrick Lenyear’s Pitch to Hollywood is a Success!

Aaron Patrick Lenyear, Atlanta, GA
The next day at Los Angeles Center Studios, Lenyear met with producer Evan Astrowsky (Cabin Fever, Fanboys), script in hand, to talk about his film. During the meeting, Astrowsky gave Lenyear helpful advice and opinions about the tone of the script and possible markets where it might play well. They agreed together that “Sideline” would work well as a dark indie drama. Read More

 
“It’s a great story that keeps on getting better.” – Fabrice Murgia

Fabrice Murgia: It's a great story that keeps on getting better.

Fabrice Murgia, San Diego, CA
“At the studio, Horacio (my mentor) is now assigning me the entire raw footage and trusting me with full content editing, selecting and adding soundtrack, and video editing (of course). I edit, generate, export, and send to clients (after he’s approved it). I have also put together some promotional videos for his company to market services like aerial videography and corporate videos… good stuff!” Read More

 
Shameka Cole Directs Her First Music Video

Shameka Cole Directs Her First Music Video

Shameka Cole, Atlanta, GA
Dreams are quickly becoming a reality just a few months into the film program for Atlanta based film student Shameka Cole. During the month of June, Cole was able to direct her first music video in the great Atlanta area for local artist Tracy T of Maybach Music Group. Read More

 
Future Showrunner… Grant Gilbert!

Future Showrunner… Grant Gilbert!

Grant Gilbert, Raleigh, NC
Since he started his apprentice (extern) program with Uptone Pictures in Raleigh, NC, Grant Gilbert has been taking charge running cameras and helping out where ever needed on the television lifestyle show “Loving Life.” Grant is already taking on the next big steps of his career after visiting LA by tightening up his scripts and looking for the right investors for his show. Way to go Grant! Read More

 
Ian McCamant shares his experience having a manager in LA!

Ian McCamant shares his experience having a manager in LA!

Ian McCamant, Los Angeles, CA
This year has been an exciting one for Film Connection alumnus Ian McCamant. Not only did Ian relocate from the East Coast early in the year, but in his first week he was able to find a manager and score a sweet apartment in West Hollywood! For those unfamiliar with LA, that’s where Quentin Tarantino got his start. Since February, Ian has been working with his new manager on preparing his scripts to pitch (and hopefully sell!) to Hollywood. Read More

 
Dreams become reality at Dolce for Mike Dusenka

Dreams become reality at Dolce for Mike Dusenka

Mike Dusenka, Los Angeles, CA
After taking on multiple positions for Dolce Film’s latest music video “Take Me There” by Olivia Ooms, Film Connection apprentice (extern) Mike Dusenka had yet another great opportunity to assist on a behind-the-scenes documentary for mentors Daniel Lir and Bayou Bennett. He was even hired on as a lead editor! Mike moved to Los Angeles all the way from Minneapolis, MN in 2013! Since settling in, Mike has been offered a surplus of opportunities through both his mentors and through career services at Film Connection. Learn More

 
Madi Erion’s LA Experience!

Madi Erion's LA Experience!

Madi Erion, Washougal, WA
Film Connection grad Madi Erion got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the world of set-design here in Los Angeles, the headquarters of the Film Connection. Madi is an aspiring designer with a special concentration in the art of building sets. With the guiding hand of Mr. Jeff Kushon (set designer for Dexter, Showtime) Madi was granted an awesome behind the scenes tour of some of Hollywood’s most famous prop houses as well as the Warner Bros. back lot. Read More

 
A Note from Dominic Matich, Film Connection Graduate

A Note from Dominic Matich, Film Connection Graduate

Dominic Matich, Rochester Hills, MI
As always, Film Connection delivers on its promise to give the student an experience they won’t forget. I wanted to let you know about Britney Tobin because I have written you emails praising other employees and she definitely deserves one. Because of her, I was able to travel to New York, work with top filmmakers on three movies, gain editing experience along with promotional, production, finance, and basically any other experience you can have working with the director of the films. Read More

 
Former Nurse Takes Advantage of Film Connection’s Hands-On Approach

Former Nurse Takes Advantage of Film Connection’s Hands-On Approach

Amie Austin, Dallas, TX
Perhaps seeing open wounds isn’t commonplace for the average American, but for Amie Austin, that experience has followed her as she traversed career paths. A former nurse, Austin often found herself dealing with traumatic injuries; but now she finds herself creating them – for the silver screen. Read More

Writing a Successful Future

Lights, Camera, Chapman!

Brian Kemppainen, Atlanta, GA
Screenwriting is the first step to bringing any story to the film screen. Oftentimes the task of writing your first feature length screenplay can appear daunting! Film Connection student Brian Kemppainen had the opportunity to study under Ron Osborn, a professional Hollywood screenwriter whose credits include the Brad Pitt film Meet Joe Black and television credits such as The West Wing. Read More

 
Lights, Camera, Chapman!

Lights, Camera, Chapman!Peter Chapman, Atlanta, GA
What does it take to become a working industry director? Film Connection student Peter Chapman knows if you can envision a story, then you hold the power to manifest it on the screen. However, there is one attribute that all films share, and that’s the passion of their creator to bring a dream into a reality. Peter was about to find out nothing worth accomplishing is ever easy… Read More

 
Tyler Sloan – Dallas Film Student’s Dreams Quickly Becoming Reality

Tyler Sloan - Dallas Film Student’s Dreams Quickly Becoming RealityTyler Sloan, Dallas, TX
A few months ago, Tyler Sloan was watching YouTube videos, using PVC piping to build homemade film equipment and shooting homemade music videos. Fast-forward a couple months, and he is directing music videos for local rap artists and rock bands. Tyler has combined his own hard work and creative ability with the connections and one on one education the Film Connection…Read More

 
Zombie Madness! Graduate Ian McCamant Pitches his Movie

Zombie Madness! Graduate Ian McCamant Pitches his Movie

Ian McCamant, Elkton, MD
In his overall experience working with his mentors, Ian has learned everything about film theory tempered with the tangible, hands-on aspects and technical camera work. Together, they have taken on all of the business aspects of putting together a feature film down to the budgeting of his zombie film. Check out a scene from Ian’s movie, “The End of History.” Read More

 
Sarah Birk: Focus, Dedication, Success

Sarah Birk: Focus, Dedication, SuccessSarah Birk, Nashville, TN
Sarah is a newer student to the Film Connection, but she is making tremendous strides towards her goals. So we decided it was time to have a chat with her to discuss what she has been working on and what she is planning next. Read More

 
Learn on the Job While Working with Real Professionals

Chelsy Jensen - Film Connection GraduateChelsy Jensen, New York, NY
"The first couple weeks, he (my mentor) had me right away building my website, getting business cards, connecting me with some people through email so that was a great opportunity and then he had me reading scripts, and then once I found the script that I felt really strongly about, I contacted Tom, my mentor, we wrote up an auction, we had a couple of writers sign up, and then from there I was posting jobs on Craigslist, on any website that I could find, and he actually had another director that he had worked with so we interviewed with a couple directors…” Read More

 
Checking in with Graduate Korey Hehn

Korey Hehn - Film Connection GraduateKorey Hehn, Princeville, OR
“Right after I graduated from the Film Connection, I went to Colorado to work on a series a web series. I was the script supervisor for that and I did hair and makeup as well. It was a pretty small crew and small cast, but it was super fun, and I got a feel for what it was like to be on a film or on a TV series…” Read More

 
Find Work After Graduating

Stephen Blanquie - Film Connection GraduateStephen Blanquie, Portland, OR
We asked Stephen Blanquie, a recent graduate of the Film Connection in Portland, OR, to share what he is doing now that his lessons in the studio are over. Read More

 
Learn Hands On From the People who Do the Hiring

Celisa Meals - Film Connection GraduateCelisa Meals, Denton, TX
Congratulations to Celisa Meals! After completing her apprenticeship (externship) with the Film Connection, her mentor hired her to join a project with his production company! Read in her own words about her experience and the steps she took to secure this opportunity. Read More

 
Put What you Learn into Practice

Korey Hehn - Film Connection GraduateKorey Hehn, Princeville, Oregon
“As a young girl, I have also always wanted to be a writer. So as I worked my way through high school, I really tried to figure out what I was going to do with my life, coming to the realization that I really wanted to be a part of making movies. You see, films have such a profound impact on the people who watch them: Even if a person does not like the movie they happen to watch, they will always remember at least little pieces of it because of the undeniable ability of moving pictures to permeate thoughts.” Read More

 
Build your resume as you learn on the job!

Janna Russell - Film Connection GraduateJanna Russell, Atlanta, Georgia
“Once I joined the Film Connection program, everything for me really took off. Before I knew it, and was even a graduate of the program, I had already begun building my resume filled with production experience for several music videos, as well as actually have been paid for my work as a production coordinator! The exposure during the Film Connection course of the apprenticeship (externship) and the knowledge I acquired is invaluable. I would not have had the same experience in the classroom alone.” Read More

 
Some students get paid work right after graduation!

Austin Willard - Film Connection GraduateAustin Willard, Brooklyn, New York
“The studio hired me after I graduated the Film Connection. I was hired on as Production Manager/Studio Manager. I work every day and was fortunate enough to work many more shoots. I am booking green screen rentals and showing our facilities to clients. I also work as a Producer on two commercial short films, along with Production Manager for many others. I am still with the studio, and also doing freelance work as a Production Manager and as a Grip.” Read More

 
Work with your mentor around your busy schedule:

Charla Mascagni - Film Connection GraduateCharla Mascagni, New Orleans, LA
“The Film Connection provides me an affordable opportunity to work in a hands-on environment with my very own MENTOR, while offering me the flexibility to work around my job schedule! I have to admit at first, I was a little skeptical because I didn’t know what to expect. However, after meeting my mentor and going to my first television series film shoot, I knew I was on the right track and had made the right decision for my career.” Read More

 
Learn Camera and Lighting on the Job

Derek Sorenson - Film Connection GraduateDerek Sorenson, Albuquerque, New Mexico
“I have learned a multitude of skills while under my mentor’s tutelage. It started with how to utilize lighting and work a studio camera. I moved on to understanding how to set up and take the correct shots. I have also been honing my editing skills with Final Cut Pro under a professional whose expertise is editing. My mentor and I have developed a positive relationship in and outside of work. Not only have I gone on several shoots with my mentor, but he also has me actively working in his video business.” Read More

 
Graduate Gerald Vogt now works on feature films

Gerald Vogt - Film Connection GraduateGerald Vogt, Colorado Springs, Colorado
“Once I made the decision to the join the Film Connection, I jumped right on in. The first course I took within the Film Connection was specifically to focus on editing. My training really developed my skills in both sides of the production by tying both pre-production and post-production together. As the course continued, I began to see my skills really start to take shape, with my mentor pushing me in directions that made me stronger. Also, on the places where I was weaker, they really helped me out. Anytime I had questions, I would go back to my curriculum assigned through the program, and there the answer was…” Read More

 
Trent's mentor offered him a position at his studio:

Trent Jones - Film Connection GraduateTrent Jones, Austin, Texas
“While in the Film Connection program, I have had some great help from my mentor to get me through all of the assignments, and being able to work in a real studio has been amazing. Each lesson was easy to understand, and I was also given many different books so if I couldn’t figure out the answer in my workbook, I had a variety of resources to help me study. One of my favorite books that I was given was a Brief History Of Film. I was fascinated by how far the world of filming has progressed over the years, and it really has opened my eyes to all of the different genres I had been missing out on for so very long. I began to learn the inner workings of an office and also started to get hands on experience with many different kinds of editing software.” Read More

 

 

More Student Success Stories

Set Design

“Helped prep props for an ongoing shoot, and then got tasked to create a fire hose like prop for said shoot. After spraying adhesive to plastic tubing and covering it with a cut dropcloth. After that, I took black tea and painted it onto the hose to give it an aged look.”

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Getting Closer
Getting Closer

“For this past week, I got a lot of the wedding ceremony part edited and sound synched up. I’ve just been working really hard on putting everything together in the wedding video my mentor gave me to edit. I took a long time trying to synch up sound because I forgot the trick she showed me, which is expanding the track to synch the sound correctly. That makes it so much easier.”

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He told me not to give up because this is just the beginning.
He told me not to give up because this is just the beginning.

“I told my mentor how I got stuck with my script. He said the same exact thing Peter told me. Of course he wasn’t upset that I couldn’t write, instead, he motivated me. He told me not to give up because this is just the beginning. I’m not used to it yet. Lack of focus, stress, and anxiety are just the beginning hurtles I have to overcome. THIS MAKES ME WANT TO BELIEVE IN MYSELF!”

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The sound!!
The sound!!

“While editing a video, I’ve been using Adobe Premiere Pro, and it’s been the first time I’ve used the software ever, and really the first time I’ve edited something that’s longer than five or eight minutes, except for maybe the practice video I used when I started the internship. I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve already gotten faster, so let’s just hope I can get even faster! The bottom line is I’ve learned a lot about using Adobe Premiere Pro!”

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Lower Thirds
Lower Thirds

“I have had quite the experience learning After Effects! My mentor, Christine Chen and I got together so she could show me how to do lower thirds. This was my first time to do ANYTHING on After Effects, so I was pumped. It seemed easy enough, and pretty straight forward.”

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I feel super excited and motivated
I feel super excited and motivated

“I feel super excited and motivated because I’m learning the software as I’m learning how to function different cameras in different scenarios. Learning both concepts at the same time feels great because I get a full feeling of the field in Cinematography and the Editing part. It allows me to work on my own raw footage as I keep learning using Premiere Pro.”

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It’s a very awesome experience to work on something that is such a massive collaboration

“This week I got to sit behind the wheel and do some hands on editing all by myself! For the second of Holly’s music videos, Shane allowed me to sculpt the whole thing from start to finish. We laid down the music and I began cutting and dropping footage. Again, I could see that the editing process wouldn’t be too hard for me because of the organization of the footage. Everything was easily accessible and so I managed to make some pretty good progress before we called it a day. The first draft is not quite finished yet but Shane seemed very pleased with the progress I made. Its incredibly exciting to be behind the wheel and having a chance to creatively craft this narrative in whatever I see it with all the components made ready and available to me. As excited and proud as I am, I cannot help but think of the long hours Holly put in when she wrote the lyrics and the music and envisioned it herself, and I cannot help but think of the long hours Shane put it in to shoot it, and the long hours he put in to be able to afford the equipment we shot it with. Its a very awesome experience to work on something that is such a massive collaboration of talents and energy. I’m eager to see how Holly likes the videos we’ve prepared for her.”

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Project Feedback and New Program
Project Feedback and New Program

“Today I got word from my mentor, Christine Chen, that we’ve finally heard feedback back from the clients whose projects I’ve been working on. The great thing is that both projects have only minor adjustments that need to be made, so that makes me feel great about not having a laundry list of things that needs to be corrected. The only suggestions the clients had for me were to either make a clip shorter or to insert more of another family member, and that’s pretty much it in a nutshell. I can handle that! It makes me feel great when the client is happy with the work that’s been done and they only have minor fixes such as that.”

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Third Day of Editing

“Today at the studio I learned about the important aspects of organizing your media, before you put it together. If you are disorganized than you are going to have a tough life in this position. The experience itself is more than I can ever learn in any other school. This is how to learn film editing.”

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Been a long time coming.
Been a long time coming.

“I know I haven’t posting on here as much as I should be but for good reason. I’ve been really busy grinding in the editing dock with my mentor learning the ins and outs of what goes into post production. I’m really excited to say that I’ll be wrapping up my time with film connection within the next 2 weeks. The program has given me invaluable experiences that I’ll forever take with me as I make my way up in the industry. Learning the filmmaking process from pre-production to post has been an absolute joy. I never thought I would enjoy “school” so much. It’s been a long time coming but I’m beyond excited to complete my program and get my hands dirty in the industry.”

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It was fun seeing the need for character creation in a story
It was fun seeing the need for character creation in a story

“This week I was able to work with Joel on creating character descriptions for his current screenplay. I was able to go through the script and pick and choose what and how the characters should be portrayed. Using Story O I was able to upload the info and even use pictures of actors I thought would fill the roles. It was fun seeing the need for character creation in a story, but also how they are developing through the story.”

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I started learned Premiere, which is very different from Final Cut

“This week I learned about wiring, including how to strip and splice wires together. Also I got the chance to help renovate the house they are building for crew members to live in. Back at the office I learned how this production company organizes all of their data and files on each computer. Also I started learned Premiere, which is very different from Final Cut, so it will take me a little bit to learn all of the functions.”

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I’m beginning to become more confident in painting a landscape
I’m beginning to become more confident in painting a landscape

“This week, I’m beginning to become more confident in painting a landscape in a descriptive way. I am actually having a lot of fun describing settings and placing characters in those settings in my mind (on the page is slightly more difficult, and I’m working through it). Something that I’m noticing as I write my screenplay is that every interaction involves significant, minute details, and when I change an interaction, I have to go back to the character’s descriptions/scene setup in order to be consistent by making sure every minute detail makes sense leading up to that interaction. A perfect example of this was how I forgot to have a character leave their shoes on in a meditation class so that later when a comedic/awkward moment needed to happen, there was no Velcro shoe for another characters’ hair to get caught in, so I had to go back and create/explain why the character did not remove their shoes.”

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It is great to meet peers in the field.

“Another highlight of this past week was that I met two fellow film students. It is great to meet peers in the field. I hope to meet more talented filmmakers throughout the weeks and months of this program. And I hope that I will be able to collaborate with the filmmakers I have already met.”

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Second Film Shoot
Second Film Shoot

“I don’t think I’ve talked about the second film shoot I went on. That film shoot, was my mentor and someone else filming a lot of athletes working out basically. It was really cool. I got to help set up lights, and other equipment, and see her film these athletes do a lot of pull ups, push-ups, squats, dead lifts, and someone was also doing a bench press I think. I saw my mentor get a lot of really cool slow motion shots on that shoot, and it gave me a good perspective of how to get shots that just look really good.”

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I’m freaking loving the feeling.
I’m freaking loving the feeling.

“So lately I’ve been so busy. Work is literally piling up on my computer and in my head as well. I am stressing out, but hey this isn’t an industry for those who are looking for a relaxing career. There’s plenty more, but I feel the knowledge I’m gaining. I never felt so determined and confident about doing homework. This is what I love to do. And whether it’s reading a script or watching a movie, it’s only building me as a creator and I’m freaking loving the feeling.”

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I’m learning a lot about being more detailed in my storyline

“I had my session with my screenwriting mentor the other day. This time my treatment looked much better. I’ve learned I need to have someone else read my stuff before I turn it in, to get an outsiders perspective. I still need to make a few changes, but all in all this went over much better. I’m learning a lot about being more detailed in my storyline. One thing that has made me feel good in all this is Ron telling me that I have a natural ability in something that is not easily learned. Phew! That’s really good to hear!”

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Keep an eye out for the video in my upcoming blog posts!
Keep an eye out for the video in my upcoming blog posts!

“Over the past five weeks I’ve been very busy, working my summer job, keeping up with my film business, and meeting with my mentor at Backseat any chance I get. My summer job is full time so I am only off on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I haven’t had a whole lot of time to meet with my mentor lately, but one highlight over the past few weeks was our shoot in Camden, NJ for “But Deliver Us From Evil”. This is the same movie we did down in North Carolina and now we are working to get some final shots needed to complete the film. Doug and I are also working on a Behind The Scenes video for “But Deliver Us From Evil” which should be done with-in the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for the video in my upcoming blog posts!”

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My screenwriting mentor and I now have scaffolding for my screenplay.
My screenwriting mentor and I now have scaffolding for my screenplay.

“It’s a very basic framework involving an overall story and order of events. I also decided how I want to begin my story and I will be writing the first 2 scenes this week. I had already written a first scene and now I’m going a different direction. One thing that I really like about my screenwriting mentor, Brian, is how he encourages me to develop ideas without developing them for me or over suggesting things. What I really needed a person who could help me maintain my confidence level in my own ideas and style, and he does that well- offering ideas around practicality and considerations without controlling or impacting my story too much.”

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I went on my first film shoot! That was amazing!
I went on my first film shoot! That was amazing!

“For this week I’ve finished editing the wedding video my mentor gave me to edit, and I went on my first film shoot! That was amazing! I got to film the entire thing! This is the first film shoot I’ve been on, and I filmed it along with my mentor filming it with another camera as well. It wasn’t too hard really, because a lot of what I shot was the characters sitting and talking, and it was a lot of fun, partially because I already knew a lot of the camera controls, and how they work. It was great to be-able to do that! Also this was my first time on an actual film set, so that was just surreal!”

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Student Services
Student Services

“Alex in student services was really great!”

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It was a very eye-opening and inspiring viewing

“I was paired up with my screenwriting mentor, who happens to be Ron Peterson, which is totally awesome, because Ron taught screenwriting at the school David Lynch founded. Alex, my advisor, thought this would be a good mentor for me because I am so inspired by the structure of Lynch’s stories and the mood he creates within his films. We had our first phone meeting on Saturday, June 6th, and we discussed sequencing of stories and the language of screenwriting. Also, I watched the documentary The Burden of Dreams, which is about Werner Herzog’s difficult journey of making the film Fitzcorraldo. It was a very eye-opening and inspiring viewing, and later today I will write a paper on what I believe his philosophy of film to be and the archetypes within his films and within another film I am inspired by.”

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This first week of Film Connection went great!
This first week of Film Connection went great!

“I was able to learn the general scope of what I will learn here at Film connection along with what will be expected of me down the road. I learned that there is more than just directing or producing. I need to become an auteur, an individual who has a clear vision of what direction to take a film project and how to keep everybody in sync with that vision. I discovered that a cast is important when making a film. They can either make or break a story line. I also have to be careful with setting a tone for a picture so it reflects on screen what is on set/in my head!”

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Soon To Be On A Film Set!
Soon To Be On A Film Set!

“My mentor wants me to look at more scripts that he wrote. I can’t wait to read them because his choices of stories are really interesting. They’re all really unique. He also told me how he’s soon going to start shooting two of the scripts I read already. I’m super excited because soon I get to be on sets and location and observe everyone’s roles!”

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I really like my books by Syd Field.

“They are so helpful & topping that with Ron’s teachings, I understand why knowing the base of the story and all the little parts of the story that connect to the bigger ones are so important in the structure of the treatment. You can’t build a house without having blue prints. You can’t wing it; and you can’t create a script without a treatment of the story first.”

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STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT THE FILM INDUSTRY

Finding Success With The Film Connection

Brian Kraft

by Brian Kraft
Chief Academic Officer and COO
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The Film Connection was constructed for one purpose in mind. We want you to succeed. We want you to become a massive superstar. We want you to be able to be one of our mentors one day. We want you to enter our program as a nobody and then work you way to the top. We want you to be the next Kevin Smith or David Fincher or Charlie Kaufman.

The search for success is something that has been the undoing of many a great individual. Well, thankfully, due to the Film Connection, it doesn’t have to be that way anymore. You can enroll in the Film Connection’s film school wherever you are and you’ll be able to access the entertainment industry instantly. We have film school locations all over the United States.

The end goal of our film school is to fly you out to Hollywood and have you pitch your movie to a real Hollywood agent. We help you develop whatever ideas you may have into a screenplay, we help you shoot some proof-of-concept films, and we introduce you to the agent. All you have to do is show up and be brilliant!

The Film Connection’s purpose is to connect you with people in the industry. That’s why you’ll be working in a real production company while you’re writing your script. You’ll be making connections with people from all areas of the industry. You’ll be meeting other writers, producers, grips, P.A.s and directors. You’ll be really sinking your teeth into the world of film while you’re in our school. You’ll be able to really immerse yourself in the industry.

The Film Connection is your best bet for getting your foot in the door. You’ll be working towards making your dreams come true with people who’ve already done exactly what you’re trying to do. You’ll be gaining traction in all areas of your career. Interpersonally, externally, and professionally. You’ll be making the connections you’ll need, you’ll be making the work that you’ll need show people, and you’ll be gaining the experience that will get you hired.

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